Browser bugs I’ve found
A list and links to test cases of browser bugs I’ve come across. If there are any work arounds they are indicted. I expect this list to grow, but, since so many people are ahead of me on this there might not be that many left to find.
- Bugs in multiple browsers
- Firefox bugs
- Internet Explorer bugs
- ie6, ie 7, ie8 & 9 have 4095 upper limit on the number of selectors in a css file.
- ie7, ie8 & 9 :hover on any element does not work correctly whith forms
- ie 5.5 & 6 Incorrectly sets the left origin of the positioning coordinates
- ie 5, 5.5, 6 & 7 move an unfloated element to the position as though it had also been floated
- ie 5, 5.5 & 6 If the calculated height of a relatively positioned block is an an even number or the calculated width an odd number. Then any element positioned absolute inside that block using bottom or right will be 1px out.
- Opera bugs
- Containing floats (fixed in Opera 8)
- Opera not recognising ’ and ‘ entities (fixed in Opera 8)
- Safari bugs
Bugs in multiple browsers §
Browser support for list counter styling is highly variable
::marker pseudo element is defined in the CSS Lists Module Level 3 which was initially published in 2011. While it is still an ‘Editor’s Draft’ as of May 2020 better support in browsers would be welcomed.
I have made a test case to test support for the
::marker pseudo element,
list-style: symbols() function and the
|css feature||Safari 13||Firefox 76||Chrome 83|
- Safari does not support the
contentproperty, but does support font properties.
- Chrome treats
::markeras an invalid selector and so invalidates the entire selector list.
Browser don’t implement font-variant-ligatures. The css Fonts Module Level 3 defines the
font-variant-ligatures property to specify which ligatures should be used. Currently no browser fully supports all values of this property. §
Update: When I wrote the test case in June 2018 it was true. Now support is much better with only historic ligature support not working as expected …
|font-variant-ligatures:||Chrome 63 >||Firefox 57 >||ie 8||ie 9||Opera 11||Safari 11 >|
Styling tables §
Browsers style tables poorly. Browser support for multiple css properties relating to tables — most notably the
colgroup and the
tr elements — is poor.
The table lists browses and properties. The row headings link to the test case for that property. Where a browser rendering is incorrect notes are after the table.
|Css poperty||Firefox 2 – 35||Opera 9||Safari 3 – 9 & Chrome||ie 6||ie 7||ie 8||ie 9|
|border on colgroup & col||yes||buggy*||yes||no||no||yes||yes|
|border on tr||yes||yes||yes||no||no||yes||yes|
|border on tbody||yes||yes||yes||no||no||yes||yes|
|border on thead & tfoot||yes||yes||yes||no||no||yes||yes|
|border-style: hidden on tr||yes||yes||yes||no||no||buggy‡||yes|
|border-style: hidden on colgroup||yes||yes||yes||no||no||buggy‡||yes|
|border-style: hidden on td||yes||yes||yes||no||no||yes||yes|
|visibility: collapse on td & th||yes||yes||yes||no||no||yes||yes|
|visibility: collapse on tr||yes||buggy⁑||buggy⁑||no||no||yes||yes|
|visibility: collapse on colgroup||buggy†||buggy†||no||no||no||yes||yes|
|visibility: collapse on col||buggy†||buggy†||no||no||no||yes||yes|
Notes — I have not included properties that work in all the browsers tested so, background-color, color, borders on the td element and padding, since these all seem to work reliably.
- Opera incorrectly places borders separating the thead and tbody sections.
- The table row should not be rendered, subsequent rows should move up to fill the space as though the row is not there.
- The table column should not be rendered, subsequent columns should move over to fill the space as though the column is not there.
Outline property the affecting layout — Firefox 1.5, 2.0, 3 and Opera 90.1 (fixed in opera 9.5) allow the outline property to affect the layout of blocks. Accourding to the ccs 2.1 spec the outline property should have no affect on layout. In Firefox 1.5 and Opera 9.1 this is not so. In both if the containing element is set to
overflow: auto then the outline is taken into account when positioning the block, while in Opera it affects the calculated width of the block but not its position.
The test case demonstrates the bug, there should be no scroll bars and no red should be visible.
legend tags §
Recently I was trying to position
legend tags and got nowhere — so I’ve put together a small grid of what works and what doesn’t. To be honest not a lot does, see the table below. I have also made a few test cases and notes.
|Firefox 8 & 9||yes||no||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Firefox 1.5, 2.0 & 3||no||no||no||yes||no||no||no|
|Safari 2.03 – 5||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes†||yes†|
General notes on the table — styling the legend tag is at best hit and miss, Safari seems to do the best job of it, while Firefox seems not to even try. Interestingly Firefox 1 seemed to do more than Firefox 1.5, although I didn’t add it to the table since it is no longer current.
- positive margins — I’ve only tested positive margins since I couldn’t think of a good test for negative margins. Since positive margins are so poorly supported it seems unlikely that negative margins will work in any useful way.
- These browsers alter the fieldset’s height, the legend tag ends up in the correct location but it should not change the fieldset’s shape.
There are two interpretations of how floated legend tags behave, one used by Opera 8 and Internet Explorer, moves the legend to the appropriate edge of the
fieldsettag. The second used by Safari moves the legend down so that it is inside the fieldset’s box as opposed to poking out the top like it does normally, Opera 9 now behaves in the same way as Safari. I think the first behavior is correct.
- Something strange seems to happen to the hight of the fieldset when scrolling past. The field sets hight seems to decrease as the fixed position legend passes its fieldset.
A test case which illustrates the bug using the following code:
overflow: auto on list items (fixed in Firefox 1.5). When an li element is set to overflow: auto Firefox creates a horizontal scroll bar in most cases. Short entries not containing block level tags don’t suffer from this problem. §
The work around is to wrap the content of a list item in a div and set the overflow on the div instead.
::first-letter is limited §
According to developer.mozilla.org there are a large number css properties that Firefox does not apply such as: hight, width, min-width, max-width, min-hight, max-height, line-height and text-decoration. This is problematic as it makes cross platform usage unreliable. I have made a test case
Styling of form elements in Firefox is frustratingly limited. §
In Firefox the ability to style form elements is surprisingly limited. The following elements ignore line-hight:
- <input type="button">
- <input type="submit">
- <input type="text">
- <input type="password">
- Test case
The button element has 1px of padding top and bottom and 3px on the left and right which cannot be removed. Test case.
Internet Explorer §
ie6, ie7, ie8 & ie 9 have 4095 upper limit on the number of selectors in a css file. Is this a bug? I’m not sure it might be better called a limitation. I’ve not found anything in the css specs mandating infintly large style sheets and in fairness if you have got over 4095 selectors in your css file then you probably have other problems to worry about. §
This is quite a well know bug, but, I couldn’t find a test case for it anywhere so I’ve written a simple test case.
ie 7, 8 & 9 :hover is buggy. When :hover is applied to an element the styling should still be applied when the mouse is over one of the children of that element. In ie 7 and 8 under certain conditions the styling is lost, specifically when hovering over
input elements. The bug is slightly tricky to trigger so I have made a screen recording to demonstrate. The video shows ie7, ie8 exhibits the same behaviour but the bug is easier to trigger. I have also created a test case. §
Not only is this bug still present in ie 9 it is worse, easier to trigger and flashes in a vomit inducingly fast way.
The key element to triggering the bug is the speed of the mouse pointer, it needs to be moving quite fast when entering the input, although not as fast over
input type=text for some reason. View the source to see the details, it is simple markup a
div containing three
type = submit, text and
div is styled to have a green background on
:hover and should stay green the entire time the mouse is inside its area. This does not happen constantly in ie 7 and 8.
ie 5.5 and 6 Incorrectly sets the left origin of the positioning coordinates to the edge of the content of the first element of the containing block, instead of the edge of the relatively positioned containing block.
This occurs whether the preceding element has its left margin or left padding set. Strangely ie behaves correctly if the position is set relative to the right edge. It also behaves correctly if the containing block is positioned absolutely
ie 5, 5.5, 6 and 7 move an unfloated element to the position as though they had been floated. This only affects the element immediately following the float. §
Incorrect positions when using right and bottom ie 5, 5.5 and 6. If the height of a relatively positioned block is an an even number or the width an odd number, any element that’s positioned absolutely inside that block and use bottom or right will be 1px out. They will be either 1px too high or 1px to the left of their correct position. This depends on the width or height of the containing block. If both occur the positioned element will be incorrectly positioned on both axes. §
Containing floats inside overflow:auto (fixed in Opera 8). When a block set to, overflow: auto, contains floats Opera does not contain the floats correctly. See Super simple clearing floats at Anne’s Weblog for an explanation of why this is useful and see css 2 spec as to why it should work. §
Opera not recognising ’ and ‘ (fixed in Opera 8). When using a xhtml doc type Opera does not display anything. The numeric references ‘ and ’ work fine. §
Safari defaults span attribute to 0 (fixed in Safari 3). When the
colgroup element does not have any child
col elements and the span attribute is not set Safari defaults the value to 0. The
span attribute should default to 1. §
Safari crashes when the hover pseudo-class is used to generate content (fixed as of at least version 2.0.4 (419.3)). In an experiment with generated content, I discovered that attempting to use position: absolute will crash Safari when the user hovers over the element. §
Since css 2 does not really cover positioning generated content this technique is of limited use, but it does work in Opera.
If a stylesheet specifies a font that the user has installed locally but is not part of the Apple supplied fonts Safari will not use it. To use a font that is not part of the standard OS install on a website the font must be loaded using an
This is quite tricky to make a test case for, but, here goes go get the Robotto font from google. Install it then load the test case in your browser, and it won’t use the locally installed font. Bug or feature? It is probbaly a feature, as part of the Apple’s intelligent tracking prevention. But it would be nice to have a document about it, which, if it exsits, I couldn’t find it.